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LAGOS: Sanwo-Olu appoints acting VCs for new universities

GOVERNOR Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appointed acting Vice-Chancellors for the two newly established universities — State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu and State University of Education, Ijanikin.

A statement, yesterday, by the Special Adviser to the governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, said that Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointments of Prof. Bidemi Bilikis Lafiaji–Okunneye, a Professor of Health Education and current substantive Provost, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, as the acting Vice- Chancellor of the State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin and Dr. Nurudeen Olaleye, PhD in Microbiology and current Rector, State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu as the acting Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUST), Ikorodu respectively.

Okuneye, according to the statement, would be assisted by an Associate Professor and current Rector of Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Epe, Nosiru Onibon as acting Deputy Vice- Chancellor while Dr. Gbemavo, Kolawole Godonu, LASPOTECH’s current Deputy Rector (Administration) would serve as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Admin) of the State University of Science and Technology respectively.

Wahab further stated that the two acting vice-chancellors and other management heads would serve in acting capacities for a period of 90 days effective from 1st of March to 29th May, 2022 pending the appointments of substantive vice-chancellors and principal officers of the universities.

The special adviser explained that the appointment of acting vice-chancellors and other management heads pending the appointment of substantive ones became necessary to ensure that there was no vacuum in the institutions’ leadership while peace and stability is maintained during the transition period.

He added that their appointment was also in compliance with Section 4,Subsection (1) (C) and Section 14 Subsection ( 1) ( A) and (B) of the Lagos State University of Science and Technology Law 2021 and Section 8 Subsection (1) (C)and (D)of the Lagos State University of Education (LASUED) Law, 2021spectively.

“The appointment of acting vice-chancellors and other Management Heads for our new Universities is not only in accordance with the laws establishing them, it will also serve to provide academic and administrative leadership to the whole university , represent the university externally , both within the state and the rest of the country,’’ Wahab stated.

The special adviser while congratulating the new appointees on their elevation to higher status, charged them to consider their appointments as a call to duty while urging them to use their experience and rich academic pedigrees to put the institutions on a good track.

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